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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management to improve cow performance, foot health and overall cow health, in addition to other topics.

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Dairy Iowa members and friends will meet on June 8 at the Heartland Agribition Center located at 2600 Swan lake Blvd. in Independence, Iowa. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and The new Dairy Iowa Chairman Kurt Wierda will made welcoming comments and introductions at 10 a.m.

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When we think of temperature stress on calves, the common concern is cold, but as temperatures are moving to the 900F mark this week, producers need to remember soaring summer temperatures, hot sun, and high humidity can cause heat stress in calves and heifers just as in the milking herd. Reduced feed intake and increased maintenance energy needs coupled with lowered immunity can lead to poor growth, higher susceptibility to disease, and in extreme cases death.

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  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
      Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 Receipts:  71 loads    Last Week:  58 loads    Last Year:  66 loads Compared to last week:   All classes sold firmer. Alfalfa:  Supreme: Large Squares, 1 load 185.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 170.00. Premium:  Large Squares, 1 load 155.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 147.50- 157.50.  Good: Large, 4 […]
  • I-29 Moo University Fall Dairy Tour Featured Farm and Family Success
      Thirty-five dairymen and industry people traveled to dairies in South Dakota and Iowa on November 13 to hear producers share how they used technology to improve profitability and incorporate the next generation into the family farm. The first stop was Cottonwood Ridge Dairy near Garretson, South Dakota where Brad and Monica Nussbaum have added […]
  • I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series Iowa Date Is Jan 11
    I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series From Field to Bunk: Growing and Feeding Dairy Quality Forages   Iowa Date and location: January 11th – Orange City, IA – Sioux County Extension Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041 Program Agenda: 9:30 am – Registration & Refreshments 10:00 am – New Forage […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 Receipts:  58 loads    Last Week:  60 loads    Last Year:  63 loads Compared to last week:   All classes sold firmer. Alfalfa:  Supreme: Small Squares, 1 load 160.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 165.00.  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 150.00; Large Rounds, 5 loads 145.00- 152.50.  Good: Large Squares, […]
  • First Siouxland Dairy Lenders Seminar Is In The Books
        Ag lenders from across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota heard top professionals in commodity markets, weather prediction, enterprise evaluation and federal policy share their insights on November 2 in Rock Rapids, IA. Forty-one lenders from four states, representing 14 lending institutions plus four other industries attended. From those that returned program evaluations […]
  • November WASDE Report Shows Corn Bushels Up And Milk Down
    The milk production forecast for 2017 and 2018 was lowered from the previous month on an expected slower pace of growth in milk per cow and slightly lower cow numbers. For 2017, the fat basis import forecast is lowered on recent trade data and the expectation of slower cheese imports in the fourth quarter; the […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Nov 6, 2017 Receipts:  16 loads    Last Week:  NA    Year Ago:  26 Loads Compared to last week:  Market was mostly steady on light offerings. Alfalfa:  Premium: Large Rounds, 2 loads 137.50-142.50.  Good:  Large Rounds, 1 loads 120.00. Grass:  Premium: Large Rounds, 3 loads 130.00-132.50.  Good: Large Squares, 1 load […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 Receipts:  60 loads    Last Week:  63 loads    Last Year:  74 loads Compared to last week:   All classes sold steady to stronger. Alfalfa:  Supreme: Large Squares, 1 load 150.00.  Premium:  Large Rounds, 7 loads 120.00-132.50, individual load at 140.00.  Good: Large Squares, 1 load 107.50; Large Rounds, […]
  • Dairy Programs Set For Sac And Pocahontas Counties In December
    The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 in Sac County and Wednesday, December 6 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local county Extension office. “Dairymen in these areas with have the opportunity to have the most current researched-based dairy information presented at their local Extension office” says Northwest […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Reports
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 Receipts:  63 loads    Last Week:  46 loads    Last Year:  85 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa hay sold steady to stronger, grass steady to 10.00 higher.  Bedding materials sold firm with good demand.  Overall quality was better than seen in previous weeks. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, […]

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Receipts:  82 loads    Last Week:  71 loads    Last Year:  49 loads

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 6 loads 95.00-110.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 102.50. Fair:   Large Squares, 4 loads 75.00-87.50; Large Rounds, 22 loads 67.50-87.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 112.50-115.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 90.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 80.00-102.50; Small Squares, 3 loads 90.00-97.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 24 loads 67.50-77.50; Small Squares, 108 bales at 2.50 per bale. Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 47.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 82.50-85.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 87.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 70.00.  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 30.00.  Large Rounds, 3 loads 32.50-40.00.

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While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

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The Sioux County Dairy Board has scholarships available for high school seniors and college students. The deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact siouxcountydairy@gmail.com.

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